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O'NEILL COULD RETURN SOON

11 September 2014

Russ Wilcox confirmed that the Iron are waiting to find out the full extent of the injuries to loanees Miles Addison and Luke O’Neill.

Both have currently returned to their parent clubs to undergo tests to see just how severe their injuries are and to put a timescale on their absences.

When speaking to the press, Iron manager Russ Wilcox confirmed that Luke O’Neill had gone back to parent club Burnley for rehabilitation and was hopeful that he may be back with the Iron soon.

The injury, at this stage, is believed to not be as bad as first feared and could mean that the young full back is only out for a matter of weeks.

This comes as a welcome piece of news for Wilcox after he confirmed that Miles Addison is looking at a longer spell on the treatment table.

He told The Iron Player: “I think he’s seeing a specialist in London at the minute. What I will say on that one is that it looks as though it’s a long term injury.

“It’s probably at least six weeks, so again we will have to assess that one further down the line.”

Addison had cemented his place in the first team following his arrival on loan from Bournemouth, but this setback has meant that Andrew Boyce has recently been recalled from a loan at Grimsby.

While the Iron have been dealt a blow, Wilcox confirmed that there was unlikely to be any movement in the loan market this week.

He will be able to welcome back Deon Burton in the not too distant future, with the striker nearing contention for a first team spot.

Burton was with the squad that travelled to Bristol City and was on the pitch with the warm-up. Wilcox was keen to praise his role.

He said: “It’s great to have Deon on board, he’s played 60 odd times for his country, so I think it would be silly not to use that experience out there with Andy Dawson playing in the team at the moment.

“It’s ideal for him to get out there and do a bit with the lads, but also talk to people and use his experience.

“He’s seen lots of good situations and bad situations. It’s not going great for us at the moment, so he has a little word here and there with the strikers and they are keen.

“I don’t mind that at all. I think his vast experience will help this football club.”

It looks likely that he won’t be rushed back into action though and Wilcox was unsure as to just how close he was to a return to full fitness.

He said: “I don’t know to be honest. It’s hard to put a finger on it really. I’ve got that many players out injured it’s hard to know who’s where.

“I’m trying to obviously focus on the lads that are fit and healthy at the moment. All I can say though is that I hope to see him back out at Glanford Park very soon.”

See much more from Russ Wilcox, and others, on The Iron Player.

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